Peter Vallone Jr. Is Coming for You, and for Jimmy Stewart

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When Peter Vallone Jr. came for the graffiti artists, we did not speak up, because we are not graffiti artists. Now Peter Vallone Jr. is coming for the Peeping Toms, and we were not going to speak up, because we are not Peeping Toms. But then we read about the city councilman's proposal in today's Sun, and we got worried. You see, the crazed neo-Fascist wants to extend a state law banning nonconsensual peeping with cameras to also criminalize peeping with the naked eye. Which means, as we read it, and as the Sun seems to read it, too, that anyone looking out his window and into the apartment across the way — a venerable and beloved New York tradition, one dissected by Arianne Cohen in the magazine's last Reasons to Love New York issue — would be violating the law. Soon, there'll be no one left to speak up for us.

Ban on Window Peeping Is Sought [NYS]
Because We Like to Watch [NYM]